Nobel Prize in Physics is shared by a woman, the first in 55 years

Oct 2, 2018

By Eliza Mackintosh

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years, and for only the third time in its history.

Donna Strickland, a Canadian physicist, was awarded the 2018 prize jointly with Gérard Mourou, from France, for their work on generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. They share the award with an American, Arthur Ashkin, who at 96 becomes the oldest Nobel Laureate, for developing “optical tweezers.”

Both inventions had “revolutionized laser physics,” the Royal Swedish Academy said.

The announcement comes a day after a senior scientist at CERN, the Geneva-based nuclear research center that is home to a number of Nobel winners, was suspended for saying that physics was invented and built by men.

Strickland said the achievements of women scientists deserved recognition. “We need to celebrate women physicists because we’re out there. I’m honored to be one of those women,” Strickland said by video link at a news conference following the announcement in Stockholm.

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2 comments on “Nobel Prize in Physics is shared by a woman, the first in 55 years

  • It’s good to see those women who do have aptitudes for science and have made the most of them, getting the credit they deserve for outstanding achievements!

    @OP – The announcement comes a day after a senior scientist at CERN,
    the Geneva-based nuclear research center that is home to a number of Nobel winners,
    was suspended for saying that physics was invented and built by men.

    As I was commenting on the open discussion, it is regrettable that this outstanding woman scientist’s achievements, are overshadowed in the media, by a biologically illiterate, militant feminist bigot attack on a professor of physics for quoting “politically incorrect” authentic history and researched statistics, and challenging “gender quota” pseudo-science!!

    @OP – Nobel Prize in Physics is shared by a woman, the first in 55 years

    I wonder which gender was doing the ground-breaking research in the intervening years??

    CERN should really be focussing on particle physics, selecting the best scientific staff on the basis of merit, and should leave social gender-quota manipulation antics to the ideological political clowns who don’t read scientific papers and are too scientifically illiterate to look up the information on male and female brain development from the embryo onward!
    They would really, really, really, like to believe that all abilities are equal – and their own are “more equal” than the world’s best – so they must be included in quotas to enhance their careers ahead of more able competitor candidates!
    To say otherwise must be labelled “biased bigotry” in the name of political correctness, quota tokenism, and biological illiteracy!



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  • However! It seems that religions just can’t cope with the idea of female sexuality and women participating fully in society!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-45988693

    Police in India have arrested 2,200 people for protesting against the entry of women into a prominent Hindu temple in the southern state of Kerala.

    Hundreds clashed with women to prevent them from entering the Sabarimala shrine last week, despite a historic Supreme Court ruling.

    Violent protests were also held in different parts of the state, defying the police’s appeal for peace.

    The temple has historically been closed to women of “menstruating age”.

    A senior police officer told BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi that the protesters, including both men and women, have been arrested for rioting and unlawful assembly.

    “We have arrested those who prevented women from entering the temple and also those who violently protested against the court’s order. We hope that this will act as a deterrent when the temple reopens in November,” the officer said.

    “We have arrested those who prevented women from entering the temple and also those who violently protested against the court’s order. We hope that this will act as a deterrent when the temple reopens in November,” the officer said.

    Hinduism regards menstruating women as unclean and bars them from participating in religious rituals.

    Protesters believe that the ruling goes against the wishes of the deity, Lord Ayappa, himself.



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